Wireless mesh controls the lights at Tata Steel HQ

TATA STEEL'S headquarters has become the latest lighting installation to feature wireless mesh control.

An overview of Tata Steel's massive plant on Deeside. Pic: Tata

The company’s office in Deeside, North Wales has been equipped by its in-house engineers with Signify’s Zigbee-based Interact Pro with Philips Interact Ready luminaires.

The Interact Pro system allows employees to tailor the light levels according to their requirements. It also allows them to customise scenes and schedules using the Interact Pro app.

The system ensures that the lighting in the room is only used when it is needed, reducing energy costs. By pre-setting the room, employees can create the right mood for a range of client presentations and access valuable insights into energy usage.

Interact Pro uses a wireless Zigbee Mesh network to connect luminaires, sensors and switches. This means that it is much easier to install than many existing lighting control systems and doesn’t require additional cabling.

Users can set up the connected lighting system via the Interact Pro app. Signify says that the Interact Pro connected lighting system has been so well adopted by Tata’s employees that the light switches put in place are no longer needed – meaning that light is only used when required and reducing overall energy consumption.

‘From early consultations we knew Interact Pro was a system that would help Tata make an impact with customers to reflect their innovation while being more energy efficient,’ said Stuart Jolley, trade and specification director for Signify in the UK and Ireland. ‘We look forward to continuing the partnership in the future to continue to deliver the most innovative systems through lighting.’

Wireless mesh control is becoming a major industry trend with both Zigbee and Bluetooth based systems vying for technological supremacy.


  • Learn more  about mesh lighting control at the Workplace and Wellbeing Conference, taking place at the LuxLive 2019 exhibition at London ExCeL on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2019. Entry is free - see the full programme and register for free HERE.